Two serious crashes early Saturday morning sent one driver to the hospital with serious injuries, and the second led to an extended power outage in the South Street area.

In the first incident at around 4:00am Saturday, a pickup truck struck a utility pole near the Eddy Pond boat ramp on South Street. NGrid was called in to replace the  downed pole, which resulted in about 350 homes losing power for several hours Saturday morning. A Charter Communications relay unit was also damaged in the crash, resulting in additional interruptions in television and internet service to that area.

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At about 5:30am Saturday, Auburn Fire Rescue along with Auburn Police was dispatched to the scene of a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Southbridge St. and Hampton St. The car was reported to be on its side into a tree and on fire.

On arrival crews found a female driver trapped in the vehicle and there were no other occupants. Auburn Fire Chief Stephen M. Coleman Jr. said this was a very complex extrication that took Fire Rescue crews almost an hour to remove the patient from the vehicle. “Crews did an excellent job under some tough conditions with vehicle placement and the serious injuries of the patient” Coleman said.

AFRD was assisted on scene by an Ambulance from UMASS Emergency Medical Services and the patient was transported to UMASS Memorial University Campus with serious injuries. The accident is under investigation by officers assigned to the CEMLEC Accident Reconstruction Unit.